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æ°å¹¹ç·å¤§çç ´, a bomb is set on a Shinkansen, triggered when it goes over 80km/h. If its drops below 80, well, a lot of troubled Japanese commuters, and 1500 dead bodies. At first I thought the film would center around Sonny Chiba helping passengers and driving the train, the film ended up being a lot about the terrorist played by the awesome Ken Takakura, and flashbacks to his intentions and devastation. And wow, 152 minutes just flies by.
At first, it might be surprising that Hideo Gosha's first full length film "Three Outlaw Samurai" was Hideo Gosha's debut as a feature filmmaker, It's so well made and well directed that you would have expected it to be made by a veteran. He was a veteran, just only on early television. Starting as a TV series, ??????was an instant success and then made into a feature film, starring the same actors and using the same TV director. Gosha took the weekly story and made an origin story of how the 3 very different samurai came together, and became more of a classic than the TV series was, even though it continued for many seasons later.
Christopher Lee made many great characters in great movies, but his last outing as Fu Manchu was one of the most incomprehensible messes in his and director Jess Franco's resume. Even using stock footage from other movies, a mess of plotlines mixed where it's hard to know if you're watching one movie or just switching channels on your remote. A real head scratcher....
"Love Song Of Vengeance" is a disappointment from the predecessor, as it could have easily worked with a completely different character from the first film. There are some great setpieces however, like the opening walking shot and the final showdown at the temple. Even if you don't think the second film was that good, you'll still be wanting more...
Vengeance runs deep, especially for the main character who is born in prison, and is on a long quest to killing the man who was responsible for her mother's death. Although it would've worked much better as a series of films or a television series (which would have had to do without the blood), leading up to a spectacular ending, it seems a bit rushed considering the years and years of training that Snowblood must've had. Regardless, it is a extremely fun blood soaked masterwork of 1970's Japanese cinema, which had considerably less story and a lot more T&A. Sorry folks, no T&A from Meiko Kaji....